Programs

NIFA programs are the mechanism by which we pursue our mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges. Some programs administer funding and offer leadership while others focus on national leadership and collaboration. For more information on a particular program, use the site’s search tool.

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities Program Area

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) is a program area of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Foundational Program. Challenges facing the agricultural sector and rural communities, the production and consumption of food, and management of natural resources and the environment continue to evolve. Given the opportunities and challenges, the primary goal of the AERC program is to promote economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable agriculture and resilient rural communities.

Markets, Trade & Policy

Successful marketing - getting products from producers to domestic and international consumers - is vital to the well-being of U.S. farmers and ranchers, and to the health of the economy as a whole.